Gather your ingredients
First things first, find a clear, empty bottle to use. If there is a label on the bottle, soak it in warm, soapy water for 5 to 10 minutes. The label should easily scrub off.
Sensory bottle #1: Glitter sensory
Shake this sensory bottle and you’ll be able to watch the glitter dance and swirl. The secret to this bottle is clear glue, which helps the glitter stay suspended in the water longer.
What you’ll need:
- 4 fluid ounces of clear Elmer’s glue
- Glitter (the finer the better)
- Warm water
- Hot glue or craft glue (to seal)
- Boxing tape (to seal)
Pour the glue into the bottom of your chosen container. Add warm water almost all the way to the top and then add glitter. Glue the lid onto the container and cover the lid with boxing tape to secure the seal.
Sensory bottle #2: Water and oil
Want to add a little science to your sensory bottle? Shake it up and slowly watch the liquids settle and separate. Have you ever wondered why water and oil don’t mix? It’s all about their molecules. Water is polar while oil is non-polar. This means that they naturally repel each other.
What you’ll need:
- Baby oil
- Liquid watercolor OR food coloring
Place a few drops of liquid watercolor or food coloring into the bottom of the container. Then fill the container about halfway with water. Next, fill the rest of the bottle with baby oil. Glue on the lid and cover it with boxing tape to secure the seal.
Sensory bottle #3: Nature
This last sensory bottle recipe requires a bit of adventuring. Go on a nature walk and gather some interesting finds. This could be leaves, sticks, sand, seeds, or maybe some interesting looking rocks. Add those into a sensory bottle and observe nature up close!
No need to add liquid to this bottle, just seal it and inspect away! Note that you might not want to seal this sensory bottle. That way you can swap out nature materials later.
Have fun building your very own sensory bottles. If you’re able to do so, share your creations with us! Be sure to tag us on Facebook or Instagram and use #playalongsd. Have fun!